An Acquisition Alternative: System Modification to Satisfy Mission Needs.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The process of acquiring major military weapon systems to satisfy defense mission needs has become an increasingly complex and costly undertaking in both time and money. Modification of existing systems to add new capabilities is presently viewed as an alternative process to new weapon system acquisition for Air Force modernization requirements. This thesis reviewed this alternative process as it exists today by addressing three objectives 1 to develop a current annotated bibliography of studies and guidance regarding Class V modification management 2 to identify and compare existing models that have been developed to describe the modification management process and 3 to identify outstanding issues and problems in the area of managing Class V modifications that are considered important by the managers. The first two objectives were accomplished and presented as a result of an extensive literature search. Managers of current modification programs categorized as Class V, defined as major, and involving four USAF weapon systems, were interviewed for reactions to possible problems and comments on existing issues. Interview results were presented and analysed the researchers offered conclusions based on the findings, and suggestions for further research. Author
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies